It appears that the heavy rains that struck Jefferson County on Tuesday and Wednesday are yielding to a return of mostly clear skies by Saturday.
Robert White of the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management said the county received between 2 and 3 inches of rain from Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon.
MECA (Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association) Director Melinda Elliott said no major flooding was reported. She said waters quickly filled numerous roadways when the rains were at their heaviest, but the waters subsided fairly quickly afterward.
“The only reports of roadways being flooded over came from the intersections of Sulphur Springs and Providence roads, and Shannon and Target Valley roads,” said Elliott, who is also the OEM deputy coordinator.
The National Weather Service in North Little Rock reported Wednesday that grounds across Southeast Arkansas and much of the remainder of the state are saturated.
“It will no longer take very heavy rainfall to create significant runoff and the potential of localized flash flooding,” the NWS written statement read.
Projected rainfall totals ranged from a quarter to half an inch, but the precipitation was expected to diminish overnight.
Wednesday’s long-range forecast showed mostly clear skies and thus little possibility of rain on Saturday and Sunday.
High temperatures were forecasted in the low to mid 70s for Thursday, and in the upper 70s Saturday and Sunday.
Lows during the period were estimated to range from the 40s to the 50s. Highs are predicted to return to the lower 80s by next week.